Round up: First Week of Veganuary
Time to go food shopping! Stocked up on fruit, veg, noodles, rice and raspberry soya yogurts from Tesco’s Free From range. These were the only vegan friendly alternatives I could find at the time. I really wanted coconut yogurt but couldn’t see any other brands in stock – Tesco’s own low fat coconut yogurt contains milk! I’ve heard you can get almond yogurt too, which would suit me. I’m adding that to my “quest list”. Meal highlight: a veggie stir fry. Stir fries forever remind me of my H.E GCSEs as I remember making a beef stir fry as part of the exams. Anyway, this turned out really nice and reignited my love for cooking stir fries! Mushrooms, broccoli, mixed peppers, onions, cauliflower, noodles and a generous sprinkling of chopped kale added at the end.
PS: I thought I would try out the Tesco soya yogurts for supper. Despite my lack of love for soya these weren’t too bad; on it’s own I couldn’t eat it as there was an after taste, but mixing with hazelnuts rectified this.
Great start to the day!! Meal highlight: homemade granola for breakfast which was sssooo good I had to blog about it. You can read that right here. If I could bottle the smell coming from the kitchen I would have!
Dinner: Time to try out the veggie burgers I had bought. This reminded me of my brief vegetarian phase years back. They tasted the same. I guess a standard veggie burger wouldn’t change much! I made two of them and put them in a wholegrain bap with some beans on the side.
Meal highlight: I made soup with sweet potato, red pepper and kale. It was pretty good but I think I can improve on it for next time. Too much garlic.
That evening I was playing Limbo on the xbox – so much fun! I had a cup of tea and a double chocolate bar from The Frank Food Company. I have to say I was really looking forward to trying this and was so disappointed that I didn’t like it! I love their orange and blueberry bars but this was very dry and just not appealing.
Today was my mum’s birthday and my other half got word of a new job. I knew staying vegan for this day would be the hardest. So I have a confession to make…I broke it. There was a Victoria style sponge cake from M&S that I couldn’t say no to. And then there was the sausage rolls my dad had made. Not to mention the ribs. Agh. Bad me. But it was a day of celebration! I’m still going to do my best to complete the rest of the month vegan style! BTW, I felt sick later on that evening!
Another cafe, another let down! This time they had zero milk alternative at all! Lucky for me I’m acquiring a taste for black coffee. Discovered a handy website called Barnivore, were you can check if your alcohol is vegan friendly.
Today marks the first week! I feel slightly disappointed that I didn’t complete the full week but I have intention’s on completing the rest of it. Luckily there are no more birthdays in January!!! I tried the vegan cheese I got from Well Eat’s health shop on the Lisburn Road and, frankly, it was rubbery and had no real taste! So my quest for a decent vegan cheese continues! If you know any good brands, please let me know!
Thanks for reading and let me know how Veganuary’s going for you, I would love to hear!
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